[Ontbirds] Kingston Area Birds: 3rd - 9th October 2015

Mark D. Read markdread at gmail.com
Sat Oct 10 07:57:09 EDT 2015

Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) maintains records in a 50km radius of
MacDonald Park, Kingston. Birders already using eBird are encouraged to
share their sightings with 'Kingston FN'. Alternatively, please email, phone
or post records directly to me - contact details below. Please note that
some sightings may require review and remain unconfirmed unless stated



There has been an interesting mix of shorebird activity this week, as well
as a continued increase in raptor movement. Highlights of the week include



A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen and photographed flying high over the west end of
the city, in Reddendale, on 8th and an EASTERN or YELLOW PALM WARBLER was
photographed at Lemoine Point the same day. A VESPER SPARROW was seen at the
same location on 7th and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at Invista, also on 7th.


Wolfe Island

Somewhat unusual for the area considering the number of records outside of
the circle, an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Reed's Bay on 8th.
Despite habitat being suitable, no shorebirds have been noted at this
location this week.


Amherst Island

In the channel between Amherst Island and the mainland, 29 BRANT were seen
on 8th. However, it is the shorebirds at Martin Edwards Reserve that have
been the highlight of the week with 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS seen there on 7th
and 3 on 8th when they were spooked by a PEREGRINE FALCON and last seen
flying off towards the mainland. A LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was also seen on
7th and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS have been seen on several dates with a
respectable 16 seen there on 7th. Other shorebirds have included
WOODCOCK were seen in the Owl Woods on 8th. Please note that you must be a
member of Kingston Field Naturalists (KFN) or be accompanied by a member to
access the Martin Edwards Reserve.


Prince Edward County

Another immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen this week, this time at Prince
Edward Point Bird Observatory on 6th. Good numbers of SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS
are also moving through as well as the odd COOPERS HAWK. Banding is slowing
down at the observatory but now is the time to pay an evening visit if you
wish to see Saw-whet Owls being banded; 16 were banded on the evening of
5th. The only ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER of the week was seen at the observatory
on 6th.


Other sightings

At Bath Generating Station (no public access), 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS, 11 GREAT
EGRETS and 150 RING-NECKED DUCKS were seen on 8th. At Bath itself, 2 SNOW
GEESE were seen on 3rd. Two PINE SISKINS were seen on Washburn Road, near
Sunbury, on 3rd but not since. A TRUMPETER SWAN was at Elbow Lake
Environmental Centre on 4th.


Please note that the ferry situation continues in our area and the expected
return date of the Wolfe Islander is now 'unknown'. This means that the
Wolfe Island, Amherst Island and Glenora ferries continue run at half
capacity. Also, in case you missed the news, Amherstview Sewage Lagoons is
currently closed to all access - hopefully reopening in October.


In order to minimise disturbance to wildlife and property, Kingston Field
Naturalists has adopted the KFN Sensitive Sightings Policy
pdf> . Also note that, as requested by the landowners, sightings of owls at
the privately-owned Owl Woods must not be distributed on the Internet (this
includes posting as 'Amherst Island' on eBird) by KFN or anyone who visits.
To ensure continued access to this location, please respect their wishes and
follow the guidelines posted on-site. To maintain records for conservation
purposes, sightings from that location are welcomed through all the
traditional channels.


As always, thanks to all those who have submitted sightings over the last




Mark D. Read

337 Button Bay Road,

Wolfe Island,

Kingston, Ontario

K0H 2Y0



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